Event website: BestInBizTampaBay.com
For more information: Ester Venouziou, 727-637-5586 or email@example.com
AUG 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST PETERSBURG, FL – More than 150 local business and nonprofit leaders and community activists packed Marchand's restaurant at the Vinoy on Sunday, Aug 14, for the annual LocalShops1 Community Awards and 8th Birthday Bash.
The event was emceed by Noah Pransky, investigative journalist with 10 News, and featured keynote speaker St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, who praised local businesses, touted the city's commitment to local, and recognized LocalShops1 as the biggest buy local organization in the state.
The awards spotlighted the Best in Biz finalists and winners in 16 categories, and also honored four Community Awards recipients.
The Community Awards recipients were selected by the Awards Committee consisting of LocalShops1 members Andrea Farnum, Mermaid Bay Mercantile Co.; Michele Tuegel, Michele Tuegel Contemporary; and Robin King, Out of the Weeds & Three Birds Tavern. Each honoree received a custom mosaic designed by Gulfport artist Susanne Vernon. The honorees were:
In the Best in Biz categories, finalists were selected by the committee from a list of more than 500 nominees, and winners were selected from those finalists through an online poll on LocalShops1.com. Below are the finalists and winners.
Best social media presence
Staying power (10+ years)
Most iconic style
Best kept secret
Best hospitality staff member
Write-in candidate for president
Area's biggest cheerleader
Best 501c3 non profit
Best story/future best-selling author
In addition, LocalShops1 recognized Robin King of Three Birds Tavern and Out of the Weeds as its member of the year.
LocalShops1's Community Awards were made possible with the support of Moorman Photographics, DJ MC White and videographer Jade Taylor Isaacs. Table sponsors included C1 Bank, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, My Hope Chest, St Pete Arts Alliance, Three Birds Tavern and writer Cheryl Hollon
Prize contributors included Beach Drive Inn Bed and Breakfast, Chart 411, C1 Bank, Clothing with a Kiss, D-gallerie, Eco-Musings Soapery and Such, Funky Town Boutique, GateauOChocolat, Grow Financial, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces JewelScent by Charis, Mangia Gourmet, Mermaid Bay Mercantile Co, Michele Tuegel Contemporary, Museum of Fine Arts, St Pete, Peace of Yoga, Perfectly Posh Charis, Practically Pikasso, Nauti Narwhal, Olive + Lemon Creations, Out of the Weeds, Radish & Company, Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market, Souzou, Stash, Three Birds Tavern and Time Systems.
For media inquiries or more information, please contact Ester Venouziou at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-637-5586.
LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses.